DVD players & scratchy DVDs

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DVD players & scratchy DVDs

Post by jacob » Mon May 13, 2019 9:16 am

Are there any DVD players that are particularly good at dealing with scratched DVDs [from e.g. the library]?

I imagine having a larger buffer and better software beats a 2 second buffer and software that goes into hunting mode whenever it loses the thread. However, this does not appear to be an easy problem to google...

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Re: DVD players & scratchy DVDs

Post by daylen » Mon May 13, 2019 9:55 am

dd or ddrescue to copy data to an iso

Using this is technically illegal if the DVD is copyrighted, but this is not a big deal unless you redistribute.

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Re: DVD players & scratchy DVDs

Post by Gilberto de Piento » Mon May 13, 2019 10:39 am

Daylen is right, though you may not even need specialized software. It seems to me like computers are able to read discs that players are not.

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Re: DVD players & scratchy DVDs

Post by Optimal_Solution » Mon May 13, 2019 8:00 pm

I'm not sure if some DVD players handle scratches better than others, but I've had some luck buffing out DVD scratches using toothpaste and a cloth. Only rub center to edge (and edge to center) - never left and right. Then rinse with a little water.

You used to be able to buy a CD/DVD polishing device that mostly did the same thing. I'm not sure if they are still sold.

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